One of the aspects of martial arts is the sharing of insights and understandings. No one is just a student, or just a teacher. In my life in Haidong Gumdo I’ve learned a lot in the last 8 years. Not only forms, drills, stances and such but things about myself, my spirit, mind and body. I’ve seen the limitations of my body, come to understand how I learn and found deeper meanings in what I do.

I think one of the most important things I’ve learned is that no martial artist is a solitary being. Much as the ancient cultures recognized that lineage was important, so does martial arts. This is not simply a historical thing but those that have understanding are caretakers of the Way. There is truly a family and a family obligation. As you have received, even so share. In our school even the mid level colored belts are expected to help the beginners. More so Black Belts.

As I have grown in my knowledge (how much I have grown in my ability is another question!) so has my responsibility to teach. In fact as a SamDan (Third Dan Black Belt) I am expected to teach and I seem to be falling into it. Two demons that plague black belts is apathy and complacency. Nothing dispels them quicker than teaching others and finding joy in their growth. We are Family and the successes of each of us is the success of all of us.

Author: Master Robert Frankovich

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